Posts Tagged ‘ Just bloody think about it will you? ’

Clegg’s Big School Meals Idea Meets Cold, Hard Reality…

May 28, 2014 11 Comments
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…no surprise which wins, is it? Come September, children at Mudeford infants school in Dorset are not going to be getting hot school dinners. They’ll be eating sandwiches. Not cake, then..? Somewhere along the troubled history of the coalition’s policy to give all infant children a free school meal, the requirement for food to be hot quietly disappeared, to the relief of some headteachers. Well, finally, someone saw sense. Not…

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Capital Idea! Can They Sign A Pledge Against Rape, Murder And Benefit Fraud Too..?

May 12, 2014 5 Comments
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Campaigners called for immigrants to be required to sign a declaration promising not to subject their daughters to genital mutilation before being allowed into Britain. /facepalm Professor Hazel Barrett of Coventry University warned against relying solely on a declaration, because it could become a “well intentioned piece of paper”. She warned it might encourage families to have girls cut before coming to the EU. It could also confuse matters for…

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Oh, Miranda, Who’ll Read You In 50 Years Time?

January 31, 2014 8 Comments
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Miranda Carter on ‘colonial’ literature (translation – all those cracking books you read as a child): Adventure stories set in the British empire are now so unfashionable they don’t even have a name, even though they are a distinct genre. These stories told big, primal tales from the frontier, or what Arthur Conan Doyle called in The Lost World, “the big blank spaces in the map”. They provided a vast,…

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Can We Get Rid Of All Those Reserved Parking Spaces, Then?

January 23, 2014 14 Comments
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Disabled people are being forced to shop online because of poor access in and around UK town centres and difficulties using basic but essential facilities such as changing rooms or toilets, a report has claimed. This report being compiled by..? The report, Short-changed, compiled by the muscular dystrophy campaign group Trailblazers, was based on the experiences of a 100-strong group of disabled 16-30-year-olds. Riiiight… The group has compiled a list…

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Sisters Ain’t Doin’ It For Themselves No More!

December 8, 2013 8 Comments
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Louise Taylor certainly seems to think so, anyway: Simon Gittany was found guilty of murdering fiancée Lisa Harnum, and some commentators will have you believe there is a message for women to take home in the circumstances and details of the trial. Well, yes. There isn’t. Oh. It is not a wakeup call for women in relationships with controlling, manipulative, abusive men (believe me, most of them are wide awake…

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The Three ‘R’s Are Passé…

December 6, 2013 1 Comment
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Peter Wilby on PISA (no, not the leaning tower): The triennial results from the Programme for International Assessment (Pisa), due on Tuesday but trailed in the Sunday press, have become education’s equivalent of the football World Cup. And the performance of the British teams is just as mediocre… Relegation beckons, then? So much for Tony Blair’s “education, education, education”, for it was under his regime that the 15-year-olds who took…

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”There may be trouble, ahead…”

November 18, 2013 7 Comments
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The Anaphylaxis Campaign has successfully lobbied for all schools to be required by law to support pupils with allergies. As the announcement was made in Parliament, Oswaldtwistle teacher Domenico Sanna said it was great news for youngsters struggling with severe conditions. But, presumably, not great news for schools, who will now need to draft policy that will, inevitably, err of the side of extreme caution. So not good news for…

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Modern Conservatives … Again!

September 23, 2013 2 Comments
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Andrew Boff, Leader of the Conservative group on the Greater London Assembly, said: “I don’t think [Sir Robin] actually likes Newham. I think he wants to change it to some other borough. I think he’s a bit ashamed. “Integration is either respecting diversity or trying to suppress it and I think there’s more suppressing going on.” He added: “What’s happening in Newham is a big backwards step.” Good heavens, what…

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Not Really Thought This Through, Have They?

September 17, 2013 5 Comments
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Londoners will now be able to report crimes at the touch of a button, as a new crime-fighting smartphone app is launched by an independent charity. Self Evident is a free app, available for Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android operating systems, allows users to report the details of a crime direct to police. Where they’ll do…what? Guy Dehn, Witness Confident director, said: “Self Evident makes it easy for the public…

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Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

August 26, 2013 6 Comments
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Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton. What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor? Well, yes. Once. But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults. The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they…

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Oh, Dear. They Are Hip To The Trigger Words!

July 26, 2013 1 Comment
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Police have warned they will prosecute timewasters after receiving a potential dud call last week. Yeah, I know, I know… Officers were called to the town centre on Wednesday July 10 after being told a man had been threatened by another man with a gun in McDonalds. A 21-year-old man was identified and arrested in North End but when police tried to make further contact with the alleged victim they…

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Just Think About It, Will You?

July 16, 2013 4 Comments
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… the Howard League called for more community sentences for those serving time in Feltham. Director of campaigns Andrew Neilson said: “This is the worst inspection report of its kind we have seen in a decade. If you want to see the effects of keeping hundreds of troubled boys cooped up in a prison, you need look no further than Feltham.” Right. See, these ‘troubled boys’ are clearly causing too…

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Surely Lawyers Ought To Know Hard Cases Make Bad Law?

June 12, 2013 4 Comments
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The move follows several high-profile cases – such as that of the violinist Frances Andrade, who killed herself after giving evidence in court about historic indecent assaults – that have raised questions about how victims should be treated. ‘The move’ being…? Vulnerable victims will be allowed to have their evidence and cross-examinations pre-recorded for court under a pilot scheme being launched by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, on Tuesday. Once…

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“We Want The Government To Punish Vultures For Being Vultures!”

May 10, 2013 7 Comments
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The body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees was devoured by Griffon vultures before emergency services were able to retrieve it. Furious locals are demanding that authorities take action against the endangered carrion-eaters after they left only the woman’s bones, clothes and shoes for burial. What sort of action? Convert them to vegetarianism? ‘When we first went out in the helicopter looking for the…

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In Which The Progressives Do Another 180…

April 13, 2013 5 Comments
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Archie Bland, deputy editor of the ‘Indy’ on the Paris Brown affair: … no one had thought to check on the hapless girl’s Twitter account, but the Mail on Sunday did, had a look through it, and alighted upon a “torrent of foul-mouthed rants” from which it constructed a front page. And now Paris Brown has had to resign. Some of the tweets are awful. Then again, this is the…

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